Only thirty days to go until the start of Indoor Heps. I’m getting excited thinking about it – are you? Let us know on the facebook event page if you’re planning to attend the meet in person, and feel free to share the invitation with your friends/family/fellow T&F fans. We’re now up to 108 people confirming their attendance. We’ll share more information about Indoor Heps (like schedule, any web-streaming or online coverage outside of Hepstrack.com) later in February once various media outlets have their schedules in order.
It’s now time to check out how the women’s competition stacks up at the season’s halfway point. Compared to the men, the women’s competition was not hit nearly as hard by graduation. Six of the individual events contested at the 2014 Indoor Heps were won by seniors (with one senior claiming two events). For comparison’s sake, sophomores won the second most number of events (5), while juniors claimed three events and a freshman won one. Only one-third of the All-Ivy honorees (top-2 in a given event) and 34.8% of all event scorers in 2014 were seniors.
But like the men, a lot of the pre-Heps favorites have already competed this season in the sprints, jumps, and throws, so we have a sense of who could make the finals in those respective events. But like in the many years before, the mid- to long-distance and relay events are a little light in terms of participation. To date, only one school has had their athletes run a 5,000m. Two schools have contested all three relays, with four others running two of the three. This will change as more top-tier meets, like the BU Valentine’s Invitational, PSU Sykes & Sabock Invitational, NYC Armory Invitational, and Millrose Games will be held these next few weekends.
I have calculated out hypothetical “halfway-Heps” scores for the women’s portion of the meet, based on the event rankings as seen on the Track and Field Results Reporting System website (which has converted a lot of marks to sea-level, banked 200m track equivalents). Heps scoring is for the top 6 finishers in an event (10-8-6-4-2-1). I included all events, including thin rankings for the 5,000m and relays, and I did not even try to guess if the doubles shown in these rankings would come to fruition. Also behind the cut are the top-10 performances in the conference to date, where I used the top-6 results for the scoring.
And so, the results of the “Halfway-Heps” and the performance listings are…